I originally logged this idea with RCT council back in May by sending the following email:
I am writing to request that the barriers marked in the attached map be removed:These barriers are both physical & psychological barriers to use of the Taff Trail by all users. On 3 of the marked 5 barriers it is almost impossible to get a wheelchair through due to the nature of these barriers.
Cardiff Design guide contains the following (I am unsure if there is an RCT document?):“Access barriers on off-road routes should not be installed unless there is proven need”I logged a FOI request with South Wales Police to find this “proven need”, using the postcodes covered by the 5 locations that I have marked on the map attached. They have advised that there have been just 5 incidents in 5 years (2010-2014) in these area’s in regards to off road motorbikes/scramblers. Please see attached response 245 15.pdf for detailed information.Design guide also says the following:”Access barriers should only be installed with the agreement of the Council’s Equalities team.”Could you advise if this is the case? I would like to see the reasoning behind their agreement- as it seems that these barriers would block numerous disabled cycles. See attached document for some examples of disabled cycles that users would be prevented from using.Finally, I am unsure if you are aware that another cyclist has started a petition to have all of the barriers you have installed removed here: